Saturday, December 26, 2015

More flooding hits the North, this time in Lancashire and Yorkshire

Misery does not love company and I'm sure residents of Cumbria - where our flood hit areas are by no means out of trouble - will be equally ready to extend sympathy to those in the neighbouring counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire who were hit by flooding on Christmas day or today.

More than 250 flood alerts have been issued across England, Scotland and Wales - with 12 severe warnings in place for Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Homes in Ribchester and Whalley, Lancashire, are being evacuated and people have been urged to stay away.

I have already mentioned that there is a yellow rain warning in place for today over Cumbria and almost all the North West: the Met Office has also issued red weather warnings for rain in parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Almost a month's rainfall is likely to fall in one day in places, which is basically what happened in Cumbria at the start of the month and caused the first wave of this winter's floods. The Environment Agency said affected residents should "take action now".

Lancashire's seven severe flood warnings - meaning flooding is expected and there is a danger to life - are for two locations on the River Ribble at Ribchester, three on the River Calder at Whalley, as well as for the River Wyre at St Michael's North and St Michael's South.
The five Yorkshire flood warnings are for the River Calder, Hebden Water and Walsden Water areas.
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